Cubs 2010 Draft Ticker Tracker - Day 3
ROUND 31 (940): Benito Santiago, Jr, 1B (Lon Morris JC)
L/R, 6'5, 225, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Also plays basketball... Will probably transfer to Evansville or St. Francis (NY) to play basketball if he doesn't pursue career in baseball... Son of ex-MLB catcher Benito Santiago...
ROUND 32 (970): Brent Ebinger, LHP (Lambuth U.)
R/L, 6'0, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... A. I. I. Conference MVP...
ROUND 33 (1000): Matt Stites, RHP (Jefferson CC)
R/R, 5'11, 170, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Baseball America's third-highest rated prospect in Missouri... Throws 88-92 MPH fastball that touches 94, but slider is his strikeout pitch... Will transfer to University of Missouri if he does not sign with Cubs, and he has apparently made a solid commitment to Mizzou...
ROUND 34 (1030): Dustin Harrington, 3B (East Carolina)
R/R, 5'11, 160, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Below-average runner and below-average defender, played SS at ECU but is projected as a 3B in pro ball... Was hitting .443/474/679 (4th in hitting in Conference USA) with 5 HR & 21 RBI in 25 games when he was dismissed from the Pirate baseball squad in April for academic reasons... hit 14 HR for ECU in 2009...
ROUND 35 (1060): Chris Anderson, RHP (Centennial HS - Blaine, MN)
R/R, 6'4, 215, 17 years old
COMMENT: Top HS prospect in Minnesota... Very raw... Has stamina problems... Throws 90-91 MPH fastball that projects to get better as he matures... Signed NLI with Jacksonville University... Will probably want way over-slot bonus to give up college ride...
ROUND 36 (1090): Tyler Bremer, RHP (Yavapai JC)
R/R, 6'2, 210, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Went 7-5 with a 2.90 ERA, allowing 78 hits and 46/101 BB/K in 90 IP for Roughriders in 2010... Spent freshman year at UC-Davis... Will transfer to Baylor if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 37 (1120): Chad Noble, C (Northwestern)
R/R, 6'1, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: College Senior... Hit 354/388/475 with 2 HR & 24 RBI, 10 doubles, and 11/36 BB/K in 212 PA for Wildcats in 2010... Teammate and three-year college battery-mate of Cubs 11th round pick Eric Jokisch...
ROUND 38 (1150): Jeremy Fitzgerald, RHP (Patrick Henry CC)
R/R, 6'0, 175, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Freshman... Went 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA, 63 hits allowed and 21/80 BB/K in 65 IP for the Patriots in 2010...
ROUND 39 (1180): Casey Lucchese, RHP (College of Charleston)
R/R, 6'4, 200, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Went 4-0 with 3.18 ERA, allowing 34 hits (.222 OBA) with 16/52 BB/K in 39 IP and 21 games (all in relief) for Cougars in 2010...
ROUND 40 (1210): Brian Smith, LHP (St. Mary's Catholic SS - Pickering, Ontario)
L/L, 6'0, 17 years old
COMMENT: Member of Canadian Junior National Team... Throws 87-90 MPH fastball, with solid change and above-average curve... Will attend Volunteer State CC in Tennessee if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 41 (1240): Dallas Beeler, RHP (Oral Roberts U.)
R/R, 6'5, 215, 21 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible Sophomore...Went 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA, 23 hits allowed and 11/17 BB/K in 21 IP and 10 games (2 GS) for Golden Eagles in 2010...
ROUND 42 (1270): Trey Nielsen, RHP (Skyline HS - Salt Lake City, UT)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 18 years old
COMMENT: Also plays 3B... Just started pitching this past season... Signed NLI with University of Utah where he hopes to play 3B and pitch... Father Scott pitched for the Yankees and White Sox in the 1980's...
ROUND 43 (1300): Danny Winkler, RHP (Parkland JC)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Went 9-4 with a 3.11 ERA, 66 hits allowed and 38/81 BB/K in 81 IP (15 games) for the Cobras in 2010... Will transfer to Central Florida if he does not sign with Cubs...
ROUND 44 (1330): Jake Rogers, 1B (St. Petersburg CC)
L/R, 6'6, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: JC Sophomore... Also plays 3B-LF-RF... Was selected by Boston Red Sox in 29th round of 2008 draft but did not sign... Had signed NLI with Central Florida out of HS, but ended up at Chipola JC instead, before moving on to St. Petersburg CC... Hit .373 with 9 HR and 48 RBI with 19 doubles in 56 games for Titans in 2010...
ROUND 45 (1360): Devon Austin, C (Couer D'Alene HS - Couer D'Alene, ID)
R/R, 6'1, 175, 18 years old
COMMENT: Gatorade 2010 Idaho High School Player of the Year... Hit .433 with 4 HR & 48 RBI and 17 SB for Vikings in 2010... Signed NLI with New Mexico State...
ROUND 46 (1390): Jerad Eickhoff, RHP (Olney Central JC)
R/R, 6'4, 200, 19 years old
COMMENT: JC Freshman... Is presently pitching for Wisconsin Woodchucks in Northwoods League (a Summer collegiate league)
ROUND 47 (1420): Clayton Crum, RHP (Klein HS - Harris County, TX)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 18 years old
COMMENT: Was rated one of the top junior pitchers in Texas HS baseball in 2009, but that was before he had TJS... Signed NLI with Ohio State...
ROUND 48 (1450): Eric Paulson, 3B (Fremd HS - Palatine, IL)
R/R, 6'1, 185, 18 years old
COMMENT: Signed NLI with Bradley University...
ROUND 49 (1480): Bryce Shafer, RHP (Valparaiso)
R/R, 6'0, 180, 21 years old
COMMENT: College Junior... Was #1 starter for the Crusaders in 2010... Went 7-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 19 games (16 GS), with 108 hits allowed (.263 OBA) and 51/121 BB/K in 105.1 IP
ROUND 50 (1510): Eric Jagielo, SS (Downers Grove North HS - Downers Grove, IL)
L/R, 6'2, 195, 18 years old
COMMENT: Rawlings/Perfect Game High School Senior Pre-Season All-America Honorable Mention... Member of National Honor Society... Signed NLI with Notre Dame...
That's all, folks!
Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.